Policeman elects trial by jury

Charges brought under Anti-Corruption Law

Suspended police officer Elvis Kelsey Ebanks appeared in Grand Court on Friday, when he entered pleas of not guilty to four charges brought under the Anti-Corruption Law.  

Defence attorney Michael Wingrave said the trial was expected to last about three days with a jury, but no trial date had yet been set. 

Justice Charles Quin scheduled the matter for another mention date, 11 January, to see what progress could be made. 

The charges relate to alleged incidents on two separate days. When Ebanks was first brought to court in November, the Crown’s summary indicated that the complainant was the same on both days. 

The first charges relate 10 November and allege that, being a public officer in the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, Ebanks obtained for himself a benefit of CI$115 and US$31 with intent to interfere with the administration of justice. 

The second charge alleges breach of trust in that as a public officer in connection with the duties of his office, he committed a breach of trust in receiving CI$115 and US$31 by representing that receipt of the money would influence him in the discharge of his duties. 

The third and fourth charges relate to 14 November and allege that he obtained a benefit for himself and committed a breach of trust involving the sum of $500. 

Ebanks’ bail was continued until his next court date. 

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